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Elephant in the Room: CITES and African Elephants

Elephant in the Room: CITES and African Elephants

By By John Scanlon AO, Jonathan Barzdo, and Greta F. Iori - IISD SDG KNOWLEDGE HUB In Memoriam. Richard Leakey, Kenyan conservationist and paleoanthropologist The international community has been unable to put into place adequate safeguards to manage the trade, which has triggered the illegal killing of elephants for their ivory, fueled smuggling, and provided a cover for laundering. The mood of CITES parties in recent years has been to keep commercial international ivory trade closed. The success of the SDGs, the Global Biodiversity Framework, and the Paris Agreement on climate change is...

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Jumbos in 3D could be coming to a zoo near you — an innovative model to keep elephants in the wild

Jumbos in 3D could be coming to a zoo near you — an innovative model to keep elephants in the wild

By By Tamar Ron - Daily Maverick Can we find a way to support human-elephant conflict mitigation and coexistence at the local level, enable people around the world to enjoy viewing elephants, and at the same time enable the elephants to continue their natural lives undisrupted? An innovative win-win solution is proposed here, based on selling the rights for zoo visitors to view elephants via webcams. At the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of the Parties (COP) 19 in November 2022, it was decided — with the support of a great majority of the parties —...

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News

Reaction units reduce poaching: ZimParks
Reaction units reduce poaching: ZimParks

By Obert Siamilandu, News Day Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) says the establishment of reaction units in Mana Pools National Park has reduced poaching levels and...

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Kenya’s Wildlife Conservancies

Kenya’s Wildlife Conservancies

By Dr Adam Cruise Over the past 30 years, wildlife conservancies in Kenya have proliferated. There are currently 167 conservancies covering 11 percent of Kenya’s landmass. This is more than the area of national parks, which covers around eight percent of the total area. Kenya’s conservancies are...

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The Journal of African Elephants was created by a group of concerned journalists, biologists and conservationists, who, after years of tracking and documenting the catastrophic decline of Africa’s elephant populations, have recognised the urgent need for a dedicated English and French news and commentary space to enhance and increase global awareness of the plight of Africa’s savanna and forest elephants. Our Commentary service, in particular, are writers that focus on the need to provide awareness of Africa’s elephants and affected surrounding human communities from a distinctly African perspective that, for the most part, is lacking in the dominance of Western media.

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